Harvested from the summer and autumn pickings of the Japanese Sencha cultivar, Ban Cha is a rich, astringent green tea perfect for sipping after meals. Origins: Before the 17th century, Japanese tea drinkers strongly favored elaborate tea ceremonies for spiritual contemplation. Sencha (and Ban Cha) drinking rose as an easier, more casual, and more spontaneous social practice. Flavor Profile: Slightly nutty, astringent, bold. Caffeine: 35-75mg/8oz cup Health Benefits: All green teas contain powerful antioxidants known for fighting disease, specifically heart disease. Tea is a zero-calorie beverage, making it an ideal, delicious substitute for high-calorie drinks like soda and energy drinks. Ingredients: Organic Japanese green tea.